Nursing Leadership

About the Program

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The MSN in Nursing Leadership program is designed for nurses with a passion for innovation and administration in nursing! Our fully online program allows students to learn about quality, safety multidisciplinary collaboration, financing, and management in health care. Clinical experiences are designed to meet your learning goals.

The Nursing Leadership program at MU allows you the flexibility you need with the faculty attention you deserve!




    Wehrheim School of Nursing Criteria

    Please Note: Applications that do not include the following data and information may be considered incomplete which may affect the status of the application.

    Specific criteria required by the Nursing Department include:

    1. Baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited program.
    2. Undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. When GPA is below this, provisional acceptance may be considered if the candidate demonstrates graduate study potential by other means.
    3. Satisfactory completion of an undergraduate statistics course and a research course in nursing.
    4. Three current academic and/or professional references.
    5. Licensure as a registered nurse in Pennsylvania or in the state where clinical practice or internship is to be arranged.
    6. Minimum of one year of clinical experience in nursing.
    7. Current resume including one clinical experience.

    Required Documentation

    Please provide the additional documents listed below with your completed application:

    1. Current resume or C.V.: Please include all clinical experience to date.
    2. State where Professional Licensure is currently held: Please include RN number as well as expiration date. May send a copy of your license.
    3. Please verify completion of the following: Year, Institution, and Name of Course.
      • Undergraduate or graduate Statistics course.
      • Undergraduate or graduate Research course in Nursing.
      • Undergraduate or graduate Physical Assessment course.

    Millersville University
    Master of Science in Nursing
    Nursing Leadership
    *The Master’s of Science in Nursing Leadership program is designed for the part time student and is fully accredited for the Master's Nursing Program, including the Post-Master's Certificate.

    NURS 501: Theoretical Foundation of Advanced Practice   (3 credits) 

    This course provides the learner with the opportunity to critically analyze existing nursing theories, change theories, learning theories and systems theory.  Emphasis is on expanding knowledge of theories and their application to advanced nursing practice.

    NURS 502: Research Methadology (3 credits) 

    Advanced research in nursing builds on previous knowledge of research and statistics to develop a research-oriented approach to practice.  The learner will analyze methods and techniques of research and interpret their usefulness for application in practice.  Theory and practice will be used in defining nursing problems and in development of a research proposal. 

    NURS 503: Issues and Roles in Advancing Nursing Practice (3 credits) 

    This course will provide an in-depth study of the issues of advanced nursing practice by focusing on the historical, social and political forces which impact advanced nursing practice.  The advanced practice roles in nursing will be explored and analyzed. 

    NURS 504: Nursing Informatics and Healthcare Technology (3 credits) 

    Discussion of the ways in which information and technology influence practice and decision making in various aspects of nursing practice, such as clinical, education, leadership and research, is the major focus of the course.   Advances in technology that support and enhance the delivery of care and interdisciplinary communication are addressed.  The legal, ethical, cultural, economic and social factors affecting healthcare information technology are also explored.

    NURS 506: Nursing for Sustainable Health (3 credits)

    Focus on evidence-based practices to promote sustainable planetary health. Global health is centered in health-related issues that extend beyond national border and is derived from the intersection of public health and international health. The UN Sustainable Development Goals provide a structure through which health, the environment, and human interaction are examined. 

    NURS 508: Advanced Clinical Knowledge  (4 credits)

    Builds upon previous knowledge in physical assessment, pathophysiology, and pharmacology. Using a systems approach, examines principles of select well and disease states. Provides the opportunity to assess, analysis, and explore the findings, treatment, and evaluation of common health issues. Analyzes the relationships between assessment findings, physiologic changes, and pharmaceutical treatments. 

    NURS 515: Advanced NUrsing Practice Clinical Practicum (3 credits)   

    This course provides an opportunity to integrate theory and practice through an intensive practicum experience.  The practicum provides the opportunity for the nurse educator student to develop advanced clinical experience within a selected population and/or setting (112 practicum hours required). 

    NURS 650: Nursing Leadership and Administration (3 credits)

    Focused on the integration of the conceptual and theoretical frameworks of leadership into the role of the nurse leader. The role of the nurse leader to support the full spectrum of healthcare is addressed and analyzed . Additional focus on the role of change theory, organizational development, and complex healthcare systems.

    NURS 651: Leading Quality and Safety  (3 credits)

    Focused on the role of the nurse leader in advancing the quality of patient care within complex healthcare systems. Investigates the impact of performance and quality improvement on patient safety. Using the guidelines developed by the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN), methods to positively impact patient safety and care quality are discussed.

    NURS 652: Healthcare Financing and Value-Based Care (3 credits)

    Focus on the healthcare industry’s shift to value-based and risk-based reimbursement. Analysis of the impact of the change on every component of healthcare. Focused on high-value, cost-effective, and evidence-based measures that incorporate innovation, resource stewardship, and systems thinking. Examines new payment models, where reimbursement is tied directly to clinical, organizational, and consumer outcomes.

    NURS 653: Leading Others and Organizations   (3 credits)

    Focus on the essential competencies of the nurse leader in relation to communication, conflict management, employee development, and building relationships.  Developing a business acumen though use of change management, decision-making strategies, and systems thinking.  Additional emphasis on strategic planning, project management, and policy development.

    NURS 654: Nursing Leadership Practicum  (3 credits)

    Provides an opportunity to integrate theory and practice through an intensive practicum experience.  The practicum provides the opportunity for the nursing leadership students to engage in an advanced leadership experience within a selected setting (112 practicum hours required) 

    NURS 698: Scholarly Project (3 credits) 

    Scholarly project is intended to be innovative, scholarly and relevant to advanced nursing practice. It is completed under the supervision of an individual faculty member.

  • Contact Information

    Program Coordinator:

    Kelly A. Kuhns, PhD, RN
    Office: Caputo Hall, Room 123
    Phone: 717-871-5276



    Whrheim School of Nursing:

    Location and Hours:
    127 Caputo Hall
    Mon.- Fri.  8:30a to 5p

    Mailing Address:
    Millersville University
    PO Box 1002 (1 S. George St)
    Millersville, PA 17551

    Tel:  717-871-4274
    Fax: 717-871-7919